McCain Puts the 'Pol' in 'Politically Incorrect'

Rape 'joke' turns spotlight on candidate's sense of humor
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 2:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – This week's flap over a rape joke John McCain reportedly made 22 years ago inspired Politico to recall the candidate's checkered history of telling jokes. Some examples:

  • A quip about why then-18-year-old Chelsea Clinton was "so ugly.”
  • Calling a young man who asked about his age “you little jerk" and adding, "You’re drafted!”

  • Comparing the French to "an aging actress of the 1940s who is still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn't have the face for it."
  • Threatening to name Phil Gramm ambassador to Belarus.
  • Speculating that growing US cigarette sales to Iran represent “a way of killing 'em.”